Red-billed Teal

Anas erythrorhyncha

The red-billed teal is one of three teal species found in southern Africa. It is easy to identify given its bright red bill, cream cheeks and dark cap and, like its smaller blue-billed brother; the hottentot teal, it is a common resident and nomad of freshwater wetlands.

We first recorded this strking teal in September 2010 while exploring Ndumo Game Reserve in Northern KwaZulu Natal. Good places to find this duck are Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve and the Kgomo Kgomo floodplain after good rains.


Red-billed Teal / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 24 November 2014 Red-billed Teal / Zibula Colliery (near Secunda), South Africa / June 2018 Red-billed Teal / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 31 August 2013 Red-billed Teal / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 31 August 2013 Red-billed Teal / Zibula Colliery (near Secunda), South Africa / June 2018 Red-billed Teal / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 04 January 2015 Red-billed Teal / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni, South Africa / 02 March 2014 Red-billed Teal / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 05 October 2013 v Red-billed Teal / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 04 January 2015 Red-billed Teal / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 26 April 2011 Red-billed Teal / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 05 October 2013 Red-billed Teal / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni, South Africa / 02 March 2014 Red-billed Teal / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 11 January 2013 Red-billed Teal / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 06 May 2013 Red-billed Teal / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa 13 July 2013 Red-billed Teal / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Red-billed Teal / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 31 August 2013
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